|Author:||Robert Ian Hawdon (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
DF-SHOW (Directory File Show) is a Unix-like rewrite of some of the applications from Larry Kroeker's DF-EDIT (Directory File Editor) for MS-DOS and PC-DOS systems, based on the Version 2.3d release from 1986.
The show application lets users view the names of files and directories on a disk with information about the files. Files can be copied, moved, viewed, and edited (in your system's default editor). The application is run using the
show command. The output is similar to the
ls command. A file view is also included which can be invoked using the
- List files. DF-SHOW's primary function is to display a list of files on a system, in an interactive display allowing users' to browse up and down large lists of files in a directory.
- View files. The ability to quickly peek into text files makes DF-SHOW a powerful tool for power users, this function uses the default pager defined in the user's system environment or the included
- Edit files. Whilst DF-SHOW doesn't come with a text editor like DF-EDIT (for the reason there are many good, well established text editors already available), it can launch the user's default text editor for any given selected file.
- Copy files. DF-SHOW can copy files to another destination.
- Create links. Both Symbolic and Hard links can be created using DF-SHOW.
- Rename files. Users' can move files to a different file name.
- Delete files. DF-SHOW also removes files at the user's request.
- Create directories. Users' are also able to create new directories from within the DF-SHOW interface.
- Touch files. Timestamps on files can be changed, as well as the creation of new blank files.
- Update permissions. Owners, groups, and permissions can be set within the application.
- Hunt within files. Find files in a directory containing a string.
- Execute applications. Files with execution permissions can be launched from withing DF-SHOW.
Releases of DF-SHOW are available in the AUR
curl -L https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/snapshot/dfshow.tar.gz | tar xz cd dfshow makepkg -srci
The latest cutting edge versions from the
master branch are also available in the AUR
curl -L https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/snapshot/dfshow-git.tar.gz | tar xz cd dfshow-git makepkg -srci
Run the following to install DF-SHOW from the offical PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ian-hawdon/dfshow sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install dfshow
RPM Based Distributions
Packages are available from the Fedora Copr build service:
If you’re using a version of Linux with dnf:
sudo dnf copr enable roberthawdon/DF-SHOW
you need to have
sudo dnf install dfshow
If you have older distribution:
sudo yum copr enable roberthawdon/DF-SHOW
you need to have
sudo yum install dfshow
For more information, please see the roberthawdon/DF-SHOW repository.
Versions of DF-SHOW for macOS are provided via Homebrew. Homebrew is available for macOS versions 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and above. Any version of macOS supporting Homebrew can be used to install DF-SHOW.
Please visit the Homebrew homepage for instructions for installing Homebrew on your Mac.
To install DF-SHOW via Homebrew, run the following in your terminal:
brew tap roberthawdon/dfshow brew install dfshow
Building from Git
Download the project and prepare sources with
git clone https://github.com/roberthawdon/dfshow cd dfshow ./bootstrap ./configure
On some BSD systems, you may need to pass extra parameters to configure and build DF-SHOW:
./configure LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/lib" CFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include"
Build DF-SHOW with
sudo make install
The show directory utility is invoked with the following command:
The <directory_name> parameter can by any directory the current user has access to on the system, similar to the
ls command. Using
/ will take the user to the root directory of the system.
If the show directory utility is invoked without specifing a directory, then the current directory is displayed.
The show file utility is invoked with the following command:
The <file> parameter can be any file the current user has access to on the system. If the show file utility is invoked without specifing a file, then the user is prompted to load a file within the application.
To support this project, you can make a donation to its current maintainer:
SF - Show File
Colors (Built into Show)